- Associated Press - Monday, March 21, 2011

HONG KONG (AP) - The Thai film “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” has been named best picture at Hong Kong’s Asian Film Awards, a year after triumphing at the Cannes Film Festival.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s mystical drama follows a dying man who explores the idea of reincarnation in his final days.

In other awards announced late Monday, South Korea’s Lee Chang-dong won best director and best screenplay for “Poetry,” about an elderly woman who discovers a passion for writing poems.

Another South Korean Ha Jung-woo won best actor for his role as a desperate man who becomes a contract killer to pay off his debts in “The Yellow Sea.” China’s Xu Fan was best actress for playing a grieving mother in the earthquake epic “Aftershock.”

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